Following the Paris attacks, many people are wondering how they can protect themselves in an increasingly dangerous world. 'What threats are out there, and what can I do to stay safe?' are questions on everyone's minds. A new smartphone app called TerrorView wants to help users answer these questions.
Calling itself, “the app that you have always wanted but people didn't want you to have,” TerrorView grants users an unprecedented level of access to information previously only seen by government officials. The app uses proprietary technology and on-the-ground intelligence experts to gather and analyze data from over 100,000 sources. Terrorist, cyber, and biological threats can all be tracked through the app.
Knowledge is power
"Terrorism is on the top of everyone's mind every day, and it will be for generations to come," says founder Joshua Katz. "Sadly, there's a lot of misinformation out there. We built TerrorView to be the one place where people can go to get relevant information and a clear understanding of what's taking place and what you should – and shouldn't – be concerned about.”
Katz is a former CIA operative who believes that through awareness we can all be more prepared. He began developing TerrorView in 2014 when he became convinced that information about potential terrorist attacks wasn't being accurately or thoughtfully provided to the American public.
"Whether you're a business traveler or a parent who wants to know about disease outbreaks or terrorist threats near your child's school,” says Katz, “This app provides trustworthy and potentially life-saving information to people who don't have the time or the know-how to find it themselves. TerrorViewcan literally make the difference between life and death."
How it works
The app works by scanning information and “chatter” found in thousands of public places. Threat information can be tracked via Latest News list or map overview. Click on any one of the pins scattered throughout the map, and you will see threats in that area. Tap a pin in Texas, for instance, and you might be shown information like, “ISIS recruiting teens in North Texas” or “Five More Syrians Stopped at Texas Border.”
By helping users be better informed and prepared, TerrorView promises to lessen the fear users experience even in their daily routines.
The app is free, but upgrading through an in-app-purchase of $4.99 a year provides the user with full access to information, analysis, and recommendations.